Drug Charges Overview:
It is illegal to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance in Washington DC; the only exception is if a licensed physician operating within the realm of their professional practice prescribed that substance to you. Thus, there are new developments in the District of Columbia regarding the possession of marijuana in this jurisdiction. Find out new information on these rapidly changing laws that can affect your rights.
Historically in DC, simple possession of a controlled substance carries a potential jail sentence of 180 days, a fine of $1,000, or both which still applies to controlled substances with the notable exception mentioned above. The potential penalties increase dramatically if you are charged with distributing or possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance. A conviction on either charge carries a potential maximum sentence of 30 years along with a large fine.